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(Updated  March 1 2015)

Total no. of  phone subscriptions:    970 million
( downward corrected)

Mobiles  943 million 
Landlines: 27 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  300 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  86  million (wired: 16 million;   wireless : 70  million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
NEW!  Indian e-gov documents released  Dec 25 2014
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market


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Take 2: More Tech industry reactions to India's budget 2015
Top Indian mobile cab aggregators, Ola and TaxiForSure get together
Top Indian mobile cab aggregators, Ola and TaxiForSure get together
Finance Minister sets out India's digital roadmap
High-tech house hunting
New edition of Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary includes 240 Indian words
Top Indian mobile cab aggregators, Ola and TaxiForSure get together
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Top Indian mobile cab aggregators, Ola and TaxiForSure get together
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  Top Indian mobile cab aggregators, Ola and TaxiForSure get together
Bangalore March 3, 2015:  Signalling consolidation in the burgeoning market of  online personal travel aggregation,  leading mobile app for taxis, , Ola (formerly Olacabs) announced  yesterday that it has acquired TaxiForSure, India’s second largest cab website, in a $ 200 million deal. ....
High-tech house hunting
Virtual Reality  nudges realty to make buying, renting or furnishing a home, just an app away. From Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, March 2 2015: Caveat emptor, the latin phrase which means 'buyer beware',   seems like  good advice when  are buying a new home -- a transaction that can  cost  anything from Rs 20 lakhs to  Rs 1 crore or more in cities these days. ....
Take 2: More Tech industry reactions to India's budget 2015
March 1 2015: Shorn of the  polite language, the consensus in Corporate India seems to be  'Could do better' . ...
Finance Minister sets out India's digital roadmap
Bangalore, February 28 2015. IT-relevant extracts  from the  official document on the Indian Union Budget 2015-16. ...
Good but not great: Infotech industry take on Indian government budget 2015
February 28 2015: We bring you below extracts  ( in no particular order) from  the first reactions to the Indian Union Budget presented earlier today by the Finance Minister in Delhi. ...

Education and e-learning
Top 10 strategic technologies impacting Education in 2015: Gartner report
Bangalore, , 27 February 28  2015: Gartner has identified the top 10 strategic technologies for the education industry in 2015 and provides recommendations to education CIOs and IT leaders regarding adoption and benefits. It is not a list of what education CIOs spend the most time or money on; rather it is a list of strategic technologies that Gartner recommends education CIO should have a plan for in 2015: 1. ....
Kerala equips school kids with Rasberry Pi to encourage coding
Kochi, February 25, 2015: The Government of Kerala has launched an “Learn to Code”  to instill  coding culture in school students: It has begun distributing 2500 Rasberry Pi kits statewide across 14  districts. The programme is being  implemented jointly by Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI) IT@School and Startup Village. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Archives app hugely popular with domestic flyers
New Delhi, February 25, 2015: The recently-launched application for Android devices  from, India’s largest travel network has received a  huge  response from users to become highest-rated travel app in the country -- with a rating of 4. ....
Airlines, airports, passengers, get 'personal': SITA study
February 26 2015: The future is personal in air travel, but are passengers, airlines and airports aligned? The “connected passenger” has become a reality for the air transport industry with 97% carrying a device.. Smartphones are the essential tool to help passengers navigate through the traditional pinch points on their journey and have a better experience, with 81% carrying them today, compared to just over a quarter in 2010. ....

Healthcare app, Lybrate, connects you to doctors in many Indian cities
Bangalore, February 24 2015: A new healthcare app, Lybrate,promises to  help  Indians access the best available league of good doctors, ready to give their medical advice. Patients  get such suggestions right from the comfort of their home using their smartphones. ....
HealthifyMe says: Smart phones are the smart way to stay healthy
Bangalore, February 14 2015: There are many health and fitness trackers today -- but at one recent solution is  less about gadgets and more about   expert support.  HealthifyMe is a virtual weight-loss coach that monitors your diet and exercise to help you stay healthy and fit. ....
An app to manage your healthcare policy from smartphone
Bangalore,  February 3, 2015: Leading Indian  healthcare management provider,  Medi Assist, has launched MediBuddy, a mobile app that enables users to manage all their healthcare needs using their smartphones. ...

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Phones with BIG batteries
A few phones offer  enough battery power to keep pace with your heavy apps February 23 2015: HD videos, route navigation, music, games, apps for pizza delivery, movie tickets, cab bookings, airline check-in…. the list is endless. Smartphones today do everything you didn’t think possible a couple of years back. ....
Dell Venue 8 series 3000: HD on the hoof!
The Dell Venue 8 is one of very few  phablets with a  full HD screen People who  invest in a tablet  when they already own a phone and a PC,  expect their purchase to be a jack-of-all-trades.  They demand dual connectivity -- through WiFi as well as 3G. ....
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
‘Curving’ out a masterpiece!   With boldly unconventional screen ergonomics, the new Galaxy  smart phone from Samsung scores in design and aesthetics Bangalore January 26 2014: Curves are beautiful and it stands true for the Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy Note Edge. ...

IT's for you
  Affordable car dashboard cameras
New Delhi, March 2 2015: Public vehicles in many countries are mandated to install a video camera recording a driver's-eye view of the entire journey. Now, Car Dashboard cameras or dashcams  have come to India and many private vehicle owners see value in keeping a full record of their trips in case of accidents  and   tu tu main main insurance claims. ....
'RAID' your personal storage
March 2 2015: Redundant Array of Independent Disks  or RAID is a standard technique followed by enterprise data centres, where  data is saved simultaneously  on two or more separate  hard drives,  so that if one fails, another kicks in. ....
Global Compact Network meet brings industry, NGOs together at Bangalore
Bangalore, February24 , 2015: Global Compact Network India (GCNI), the Indian arm of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC),  held its 10th National Convention in Bangalore last week with its theme: finding ways to turn the new sustainable development vision into reality for millions worldwide. ...
Popular free calls app, nanu, now for Apple devices too
Singapore, Feb. 24, 2015: A free call app, increasingly popular in emerging markets has  beefed up its Android version and launched an edition for iOS. ...
From GoDaddy and Microsoft, a combo offer for SMEs to get on the Web
Gurgaon, February15, 2015: Web technology provider GoDaddy has teamed up with Microsoft to  help SMBs and entrepreneurs, get on the Web easily and affordably. ...

IT people
  Shirish Joshi to lead Polycom's Asia-Pac Channel sales
Hyderabad, February 24, 2015 –  Video  and voice conferencing leader Polycom, Inc. has announced the appointment of Shirish Joshi as Asia Pacific Channel Sales Director. He will be responsible for executing channel programmes across the region, driving business for Polycom partners, and strengthening go-to-market and distribution strategy. ....
Sashi Kumar to lead Happiest Minds
Bangalore, February 16, 2015: Sashi Kumar  is to be the new as the CEO & MD of the next generation IT organization  Happiest Minds. Sashi comes to Happiest Minds, having led  significant operations in Microsoft, SAP and CSC During his career of 23 years, he has been profit centre head for 11 years. ....
Ashish Agrawal is new CTO at Micromax
New Delhi, February 13, 2015: Leading Indian  smartphone player Micromax Informatics has  appointed  Ashish Agrawal as its new Chief Technology Officer. ...

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Budget 2015: Mixed bag for Indian IT industry
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his Budget 2015 speech acknowledged the concerns of the $150 billion Indian IT industry. Even though he did not announce any big bang measures for the industry, experts said that the fine print of the budget has a few positive measures for the industry.  Business Standard, March 2 2015

Cisco is readying frame work for Digital India: Padmasree Warrior, Cisco
Cisco, the global networking products giant, has been closely engaged with the creation of smart cities in the country. Today, with the government’s Digital India programme to create 100 smart cities, the company is further enthused about its plans for the market with all signs pointing in the right direction, says Padmasree Warrior, chief technology & strategy officer, Cisco, in an interview with PP Thimmaya..... Financial Express, March 2 2015

40 Years ago... and now- Faqir Chand Kohli: The original Indian techie
Padma Bhushan Faqir Chand Kohli, father of the Indian software sector, turned 90 on February 28, 2014. Millions who join the Indian information technology (IT) sector every year should celebrate this day, because had it not been for him, the sector would not have reached where it is today. Kohli is best known as the first chief executive of India's largest IT services company, Tata Consultancy Services.....BUSINESS STANDARD  FEBRUARY 4 2015


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